Living Hope Church
Living Hope Church is a muti-cultural, multi-generational, multi-locational, and multi-denominational ministry, affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of God-Zambia. The church is founded on the message of Christ and biblical principles that enable Christians to grow and glorify God in their Lives. At Living hope we emphasis the need for spiritual growth through bible study, prayer, indoor and outdoor ministries which include evangelism, hospital visits and prison visits. This is achieved through our various ministry teams. The vision is to Build a Christ centered church that will be affective to the communities.
Our Church services are;
- Sunday First Service: 07:30am – 09:30am
- Sunday Second Service: 10:30am – 12:30pm
- Monday – Intercession and Prayer: 17:30 – 19:00
- Wednesday Midweek Service: 17:30 – 19:30
- Friday Prayer Service: 17:30 – 19:30
To build a Christ centred church that will be affective to the communities. (Matthew 16: 13-20)
A Christ centered church is based on the revelation of Jesus Christ as one sent by God (Messiah) with a mission to reconcile sinners to God. Believers are anointed by Christ to realise the mission of bringing people to God. This ministry is affected through the believer’s day to day interaction with people (sinners), whom they impact by making them disciples.
A Christ centered church is one where Jesus is Lord over all believers, having rescued them from the kingdom of Satan (Colossians 1: 12-13). Believers are called out of the world to live as a holy priesthood, to serve God and bring Him glory (1 Peter 2: 9-12). Believers are called to live as family (people belonging to God) and serve one another by using their gifts (1 Peter 4: 10).
To bring people to Christ, teach them to grow, find their place of service in the body, love one another and love God through the Spirit empowered worship.
To bring people to Christ
Believers have a mission to preach the gospel to the world according to the command of Jesus in Luke 24: 47, Mark 16: 15-16 and Romans 10: 14-17.
Teach them to grow
The role of the church is to make followers of Christ out of everyone who confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. The church should pass on Jesus’ teachings to all who believe (Matthew 28: 19). The church has a responsibility to present everyone mature in Christ (Colossians 1: 28, Ephesians 4: 13, Colossians 4:12, James 1: 4).
Find their place of service in the body
Jesus Christ has given each one a gift with which to serve in his body (Ephesians 4: 7-11, 1 Corinthians 12: 7). Believers are compared to the human body which has many parts, but functioning for the common good of all. There is no one who could say they have nothing to contribute in church (1 Corinthians 12: 12-27).
To love one another
Jesus commanded us to love one another in John 13: 35. The church is God’s household. This gives it an intimate family nature (Ephesians 2: 9). Furthermore, believers have common citizenship in heaven (Philippians 2: 20).
Love God through the Spirit empowered worship
The church is a royal priesthood called to worship God, who has given the Holy Spirit to the church to empower believers not only to witness, but also to worship Him in truth and spirit (John 4: 21-24). Believers are commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that they may offer holy worship to God (Ephesians 5: 18-20).
Living Hope Church was born out of home cell groups that were meeting in Nyumba Yanga and Woodlands Extension areas under the urban outreach program of Lusaka Baptist Church. It comprised of members from a cross section of denominational backgrounds. The first service was held at Mpezeni Hall. The first meeting comprised of 27 members, which encompassed both adults and children. The church continued to grow numerically and spiritually under the leadership of Lusaka Baptist Church and the Local committee. It then began taking a spiritual outlook of a charismatic/ Pentecostal movement. Because of this, the leadership of Lusaka Baptist Church saw it fit to allow the Church be independent.
Towards the end of 1995, the church elders embarked on the process to recruit a pastor. This lead to the engagement of Pastor Christopher Mukwavi, a graduating student at the time from Theological College of Central Africa, who formally assumed the responsibility as pastor of the church on 2nd January, 1998.
Through the leadership of Pastor Chris Mukwavi, the church began to seek affiliation with Church Bodies. The Church leadership decided to seek affiliation with the Pentecostal Assemblies of God Zambia and was formally received on 17th January, 1999. With the continued growth of the church through evangelism, the church saw it best to build a larger place of worship, which lead to the purchase of the current plot where the sanctuary is constructed. The congregation moved from Mpezeni Hall to the now Living Hope Church building on 3rd August 2003, which at the time was not complete and met for the first time under six roofing sheets and dusty floor.
Today Living Hope church continues to grow both spiritually and numerically. This growth has led to the establishment of various ministry groups which include; The Mens Ministry, Living Hope Ladies Fellowship (LILAFE), Children and Teen Ministry, Youth Ministry, Marriage and Parenting Ministry, Music Ministry , Prayer and Intercession, Service Ministry, Hospitality, Evangelism, visitations, discipleship, Mercy, and international missions.